The Ascension

The Ascension

Group – Saturday Advancers

Date – Saturday 23rd March 2024

Time – 18:30

Written by Aaron Tonks – Idea by Joseph Sales

Performance Rights courtesy of Aaron Tonks

Directed by Aaron Tonks

When a group of teenagers challenge each other to infiltrate and ascend a skyscraper, they unknowingly entangle themselves in a web of espionage, murder and weapons of mass destruction. Hunted by international spy agencies, trapped in a 92-storey office building and burdened with a stolen briefcase with contents capable of causing doomsday, they must do everything they can to escape with their lives and prevent the end of the world.

Every year, I ask the students if there is any topic or idea they would like to explore. To think over the summer, and we will explore the themes during the autumn term, this is the first year ever that during the summer I receive an email from Joseph Sales not just with an idea but an entire plot proposal. A 26-page document explaining the themes he would want to explore. So at the start of the autumn term, we set to work developing his idea.

The students were really positive about his idea and putting this show on, which is all I can ask for. As usual, our struggles this term have been students learning their lines, but with the added pressure of remembering which stage we are on, as this is the first time they’ve had to work with different levels. This has also added to the joy of creating this show.

I really hope they have enjoyed the challenge and that you enjoy The Ascension.

Enjoy the show!

Aaron Tonks

The Ascension


Bruce Ed Alexander

Joanne Helena Bullen

Charlie Else Cavalier

Lucas Anna Greco Stenner

Holly Maisie Hoyle

Rowan Freya Jones

Igor Hugo Kaplan

Dave Arlo Kearns

Ash Alex Kingshott

H.A.M Rhys Laverick

Max Sam Manweiler

Ivan Joseph Sales

Marina Cas Sanches

Sam Oren Seymour Jones

Alex Daisy Stephens

John Stan Toyne

Holly Maisie Hoyle


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